Jan 16 2013

King Father’s funeral: What to expect

Published by under Phnom Penh

An original souvenir

Cambodia has been slightly subdued since the death of the beloved King Father Norodom Sihanouk in October 2012. The initial quiet intensity saw thousands of visitors burning candles outside the Royal Palace, rolling documentaries on television and a flurry of Facebook posts. Nearly three months later, mini-buses from the countryside, full of white and black … read the full post

Jan 15 2013

Sihanoukville’s Mithona Street

Published by under Sihanoukville

Tattoo parlour on Mithona Street, Sihanoukville Cambodia

When Sihanoukville’s Q&A Books and Cafe relocated from Ekareach Street to Ochheuteal’s Mithona Street in 2009, they took the last available shop on the beach side of the road. This was fine for the local cows, who fed on the tufts of grass next door, but not so great for the burgeoning tourist industry. Within … read the full post

Jan 13 2013

Cambodia and Thailand: bus routes and joint visas

Published by under Transport

Just admit it - we invented the sport!

Cambodia and Thailand have not always been the best of neighbours. In fact, they’ve often bad-mouthed each other to the rest of the local community, had arguments over quite where each of their gardens finish, and sometimes even had dust-ups in the street. Despite, or perhaps because of, much shared cultural history, feelings run deep. … read the full post

Jan 11 2013

Review: OC Hotel, Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

infinity edge pool, OC Hotel, Sihanoukville Cambodia

If you’re looking for luxury in the heart of Ochheuteal beach, OC Hotel is looking for you. Part of the trend towards more upmarket hotels in Sihanoukville catering to couples, families and other visitors who want to combine comfort with travel, it’s not for the budget-conscious backpacker, but may be a reasonably priced alternative to … read the full post

Jan 08 2013

Where is Sihanoukville’s Ochheuteal beach?

Published by under Sihanoukville

No man's land or the best part of Ochheuteal Beach?

“Where is Ochheuteal beach?” Sounds like a stupid question, doesn’t it? After all, Ochheuteal gets written about more than any other beach in Sihanoukville. However, the Ochheuteal beach covered in most writing online comprises less than half a kilometre of a nearly three and a half kilometre long beach, and usually gets a pretty bad … read the full post

Jan 06 2013

Review: Papa Pippo Bungalows at Otres Beach, Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

Papa Pippo bungalows, Otres Beach, Sihanoukville Cambodia

If you’re looking to stay in a beachfront bungalow along Sihanoukville’s Otres beach, Papa Pippo Bungalows is a solid choice — not because of the bungalows themselves, which are small and basic, but for the space surrounding them, their outlook, the overall homey atmosphere and the attached friendly restaurant serving up no-fuss Italian fare. Papa … read the full post

Dec 31 2012

Sihanoukville’s Otres Market

Published by under Sihanoukville

The crowd starts to gather in the late afternoon

Have you ever been to one of those rural weekend markets where all the locals gather to display their wares? If so, you have an idea of what Sihanoukville’s new Otres Market is all about. You won’t find it on the main drag of Otres beach, though. Like all good weekend markets (it’s on Saturdays … read the full post

Dec 28 2012

Review: Q&A books and cafe, Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

Inside Q&A Bookshop, Sihandoukville Cambodia

Q&A isn’t the only bookshop in Sihanoukville, but it’s the only bookshop cafe in town. If you’re a book lover, that alone makes taking the time to find it down at the bottom of Mithona Street at Ochheuteal beach worth it, but you’ll find a solid collection of more than 8,000 books and a nice … read the full post

Dec 27 2012

New Year’s Eve in Phnom Penh

Published by under Events

Fancy fountains at Wat Botom

Although the official Khmer new year doesn’t start in Cambodia until April, Cambodians and expats love a party and there’s plenty of celebrations planned for Western New Year. From gala dinners to largin’ it DJs with a few fireworks thrown in, you won’t forget your New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2013 in Phnom Penh. … read the full post

Dec 26 2012

New Year’s Eve in Siem Reap

Published by under Festivals

Plenty of room upstairs...balcony seating in Pub Street

For as long as most people can remember, New Year’s Eve in Siem Reap has meant just one thing: the Pub Street party. Such is its notoriety that last year a group of 100 Singaporeans shunned the charms of their home town and chartered their own plane to transport them to Siem Reap’s festivities instead. … read the full post

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